Terminal Illness Benefits
The rules for claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance (AA), PIP, and Employment and Support Allowance(ESA) are be different if you have a terminal illness.
The ‘Special Rules’ apply if you have a terminal illness and, according to your doctor, you are not expected to live for more than 6 months.
For PIP, DLA and AA you do not have to meet a qualifying period, and you are assumed to meet the requirements of the care component, and your application will be prioritised.
If you are claiming ESA you do not have to have a medical examination. The doctor will complete a form DS1500 to declare your status. This is available from your doctor’s surgery.
If you have a terminal illness you do not have to go through the Assessment phase of ESA and will be paid the support component from the beginning of your ESA award.